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Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Agencies to Research and Develop Alternative Energies

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) – Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Conf. Date:

04/19/21

LOI Date:

04/26/21

Deadline Date:

06/24/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to USA and territories individuals, nonprofit and for-profit entities, educational institutions, and government entities for research and development projects related to solar energy. All applicants must submit a letter of intent and some applicants must submit a concept paper. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) that will drive down costs and develop next-generation technologies ready for commercialization. SETO works to accelerate the development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and a decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving these goals will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. The office supports solar energy research, development, demonstration, and technical assistance in five areas—photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), systems integration, manufacturing and competitiveness, and soft costs—to improve the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the electric grid.

With this FOA, the office intends to fund ambitious, high-impact research in the following areas: 

  • Topic Area 1 - PV-50: 50-Year Service Life PV Systems
  • Topic Area 2 - SOLAR R&R: Scalable Outputs for Leveraging Advanced Research on Receivers & Reactors
  • Topic Area 3 - PTES: Pumped Thermal Energy Storage
  • Topic Area 4: CSP PERFORM & REFORM
  • Topic Area 5 - SIPS-PV & CSP (Applications must be submitted under DE-TA5-0002378)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195532

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$439,500,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 31 to 54 awards under this FOA.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $300,000 and $5,000,000.
For information about funding for each topic area, see Section II.A.i. on page 67 of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 12 up to 36 months in length, comprising one or more budget periods. For more information, see the table in Section II.A.ii. on page 68 of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

Domestic Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

- Topic Area 1: DOE/NNSA FFRDCs and National Laboratories are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
- Topic Areas 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 5a, and 5b: DOE/NNSA FFRDCs and National Laboratories are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

Diverse entities such as, but not limited to: Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)/Other Minority Institutions (OMIs), are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate. A foreign entity may receive funding as a subrecipient.

Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above.

Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

For Funding Restrictions see Section IV.J of the FOA document in Supporting Documents below.

Eligible activities under this FOA include those which describe and promote the understanding of scientific and technical aspects of specific energy technologies, but not those which encourage or support political activities such as the collection and dissemination of information related to potential, planned or pending legislation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

EERE will conduct informational webinars during the FOA process. It will be held after the initial FOA release but before the due date for Concept Papers.
- First Informational Webinar: 4/12/2021 2 p.m. ET
- Second Informational Webinar: 4/19/2021 3 p.m. ET

Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any applicant submissions. As the webinar will be open to all applicants who wish to participate, applicants should refrain from asking questions or communicating information that would reveal confidential and/or proprietary information specific to their project. Specific dates for the webinar can be found on the cover page of the FOA.

Pre-Application Information:

- FOA Issue Date:3/25/2021
- First Informational Webinar: 4/12/2021 2 p.m. ET
- Second Informational Webinar: 4/19/2021 3 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent: All Topic Areas: 4/26/2021 5 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4: 4/27/2021 5 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: All Topic Areas: 6/24/2021 5 p.m. ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4: 7/27/2021 5 p.m. ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: 9/24/2021
- Expected Time Frame for Award Negotiations: September 2021–January 2022

Questions must be submitted not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date and time.

- Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b: Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent and a Concept Paper by 5 p.m. ET on the due dates listed above to be eligible to submit a Full Application.
- Topic Areas 5a, 5b: Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5 p.m. ET on the due date listed above to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

For Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4a, and 4b, the application process will include three phases: a Letter of Intent phase, a Concept Paper phase, and a Full Application phase. For Topic Areas 5a and 5b, the application process will include two phases: a Letter of Intent phase and a Full Application phase. For topic areas that require a Concept Paper, only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Letters of Intent (required for all Topic Areas), Concept Papers (required for Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4a, and 4b), Full Applications (required for all Topic Areas), and Replies to Reviewer Comments (encouraged for Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4a, and 4b) at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

EERE will accept only new applications under this FOA. EERE will not consider applications for renewals of existing EERE-funded awards through this FOA.

Cost Share:
- Topic Areas 1, 2, 3, 4a, and 4b: The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs
- Topic Areas 5a and 5b: The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects
For more information, see Section III.B. and Appendix A of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Registration Requirements: There are several one-time actions before submitting an application in response to this FOA, and it is vital that applicants address these items as soon as possible. Some may take several weeks, and failure to complete them could interfere with an applicant’s ability to apply to this FOA, or to meet the negotiation deadlines and receive an award if the application is selected. These requirements are as follows:
1. EERE Exchange: Register and create an account on EERE Exchange at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/
2. DUNS Number: Obtain a DUNS number (including the plus 4 extension, if applicable) at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
3. System for Award Management: Register with the SAM at https://www.sam.gov/
4. FedConnect: Register in FedConnect at https://www.fedconnect.net/
5. Grants.gov: Register in Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/) to receive automatic updates when Amendments to this FOA are posted. However, please note that Letters of Intent, Concept Papers, and Full Applications will not be accepted through Grants.gov.

Required Application Documents: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332876

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Login.aspx?

For questions about the FOA, contact PV.CSP.FOA@ee.doe.gov.

For problems with EERE Exchange, contact EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov.

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002378

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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